BUHERA – The body of a nine-month old baby is still missing after her mother who carried her on her back was swept away by the flooded Murambwi River in Buhera on Friday.
The mother’s body was found a day later while another man died after being swept away by the same river the following day on Saturday.
Lucia Dune (18) from Mazakwata village under Chief Nyashanu was swept away together with her nine-months-old baby last Friday.
The following day on Saturday, the river accounted for the life of Willard Mundwa (47) of Kurekwawabva Village.
Mundwa was swept away by the river while he helped some villagers to cross.
Manicaland Acting Police Spokesperson Inspector Luxson Chananda confirmed the two incidents to Chipinge Times and urged the public not to cross flooded rivers.
Dune was coming from Chisora village where she had gone to buy mangoes in the company of two 15-years-old male juveniles when she was swept away. The juveniles managed to cross to safety.
Dune’s body was discovered by Isaac Mureri the next day at the confluence of Murambwi and Save River.
Chananda said the police sub aqua team was sent on Sunday to search for the child’s body but there is still no feedback.
Mundwa of Kurekwawabva Village drowned while he helped some villagers to cross the river.
He helped Nicholas Chipadza to cross the river and on a second attempt when he was helping a woman called Musafuri Hamani, the two were swept away.
Hamani was thrown out of the river 200m downstream and sustained some bruises whilst Mundwa drowned. Chipadza who was still by the river alerted the villagers of the incident and a search was conducted.
Mundwa’s body was discovered floating on top of the water the following day at 10am by one villager Francis Jomeya.